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12-25-2013, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Zil View Post
Tanaka only posted better numbers than Darvish if you think pitcher win-loss records have something to do with performance rather than run support.

Darvish's last season in Japan (age24):
1.44 ERA 232.0 Innings 276 Ks 0.828 WHIP

Tanaka last season (age 24):
1.27 ERA 212.0 Innings 183 Ks 0.943 WHIP

I'm still surprised the bidding for Darvish didn't go that much higher than Matsuzaka. Darvish was hyped as an otherworldly pitcher before coming over, and he has backed up that hype. He's one of the five to ten most valuable pitchers in baseball. Nobody's projecting Tanaka to be quite on that level. Not even everyone is sold on him as a frontline starter. Supposedly the Red Sox view him as a number three starter at best.
Darvish wound up costing over 100 million with the posting fee… and I think some teams were scared off by past mistakes. BoSox with Matsusaka, Yanks with Igawa, etc… That's a lot of money to throw around when there is some risk involved. That's a lot of money for a guy whose never played MLB baseball before. The list of disappointments is as or longer than the successes…

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